On July 6, 2011, the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians adopted Water Quality Standards (WQS). One of the three key components of the WQS is an antidegradation policy, which protects existing uses and prevents clean waters from being unnecessarily degraded.

Under the antidegradation policy, each waterbody is assigned to a tier that provides a basis for addressing activities that would, or have the potential to, lower the quality of a body of water. Tiers identified in the Tribe’s antidegradation policy include: Outstanding Tribal Resource Waters (Tier 3 waters), Outstanding Resource Waters (Tier 2.5 waters), and Exceptional Resource Waters (Tier 2 waters). New or increased discharges may be allowed in Outstanding Resource Waters and Exceptional Resource Waters if the applicable antidegradation demonstration and decision requirements are met. Refer to provisions E.3.i., E.4.ii., E.4.iii., and E.5.i. in the Tribe’s WQS. The Tribe seeks comments on the proposed antidegradation decision related to the POWTS (Private On-site Wastewater Treatment System) Replacement Project, which encompasses repairing and replacing septic systems at three sites (Chingo, Secord, and Wherley) with potential impacts to Exceptional Resource Waters (Tier 2 waters). The potential increase loading associated with this project may occur during the construction and operational phases. To minimize the potential loading that may occur during the construction phase, ground disturbance will be minimized as much as possible, the timeframe during which soils are exposed will be as short as possible, and appropriate temporary erosion and sedimentation controls will be properly installed and maintained until soils are adequately stabilized. Reseeding with occur as necessary following practices recommended by the Bad River Natural Resources Department. To minimize the potential loading that may occur during the operational phase, steps will be taken to ensure the new septic system is properly operated and maintained. As the POWTS Replacement Project (as described above) meets the antidegradation demonstration requirements and decision criteria described in the Tribe’s WQS, the proposed antidegradation decision is an approval of this project if implemented in a manner consistent with conditions attached to minimize potential impacts to the water resources. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Water Resources Specialist at (715) 682-7123 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Written comments can be sent via email or post office to:   Jessica Strand, Water Resources Specialist Bad River Tribe’s Natural Resources Department P.O. Box 39 Odanah, WI 54861 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Comment deadline is July 3, 2017. Posted as of: June 12, 2017